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You may wonder what Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and Israeli composer, producer, poet and performer Shye Ben Tzur have in common: both musicians share a common goal in producing wildly eclectic and wholly surprising work, as is evidenced in their collaboration with The Rajasthan Express, a group of Indian musicians, which has resulted in an album entitled Junun. Recorded in a 15th Century Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India, with the help of longterm Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, it comprises of a series of qawwalis (Sufi devotional music) sung in both Urdu and Hindi. It’s an accessible and spellbinding marriage of hypnotic percussion, traditional instrumentation and emphatic vocals.

An accompanying documentary further complements the musicians’ talents; produced by Greenwood’s frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson, the film – also entitled Junun – depicts the daily life and close camaraderie of the artists and musicians, and received rave reviews at the New York Film Festival.

The special show at The Sage Gateshead on Thursday 22nd June is presented by GemArts, the region’s foremost exponents of South Asian arts, and further adds to the group’s interesting and eclectic roster of performances.

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